Philharmonia Orchestra

Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917

Wed 21 Mar, 7.45pm

The Anvil

  • Tickets: £40, £36, £29, £22, £14; Under 16s and f/t students £10 (includes £2 booking fee). Group discount available. Over 65s and Platinum Friends standby tickets available on the day.
Mosolov         The Iron Foundry
Prokofiev       Piano Concerto no. 3
Glière             Concerto for coloratura soprano
                       Suite: The Red Poppy

Behzod Abduraimov    piano
Nadezhda Gulitskaya  soprano
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Mosolov’s extraordinary The Iron Foundry is a hymn to the power and excitement of a new industrial age. Prokofiev, like Mosolov, was a pupil of Glière. His best-known piano concerto is a highly effective blend of dynamic pianism and swooning melodies. The busy first movement is followed by a set of fantastic variations on a march-like theme, while the spectacular finale builds up enormous energy.

Glière was already an established composer at the time of the 1917 revolution, with deep roots in the Russian Romantic tradition. His outstanding use of orchestral colour and expressive melody are shown to great effect in music to one of the first Soviet ballets The Red Poppy, and in the late concerto imaginatively scored for wordless soprano voice.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership
Pre-concert Talk, The Forge 6.30pm
Martin Sixsmith (Voices of Revolution series consultant) in conversation with a Philharmonia player. To book your free ticket please call the box office on 01256 844244.

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